by Stefan Gleason, Money Metals Exchange:
Gold and silver markets enter the week with an opportunity to build on last Friday’s strong reversal. The metals had drifted lower through Thursday’s close, but they got a big boost Friday after the Labor Department released disappointing jobs numbers.
Even though the official unemployment rate held steady at 5.1%, the number of jobs added in September fell short of analyst expectations. Worse, a record 94.6 million Americans of working age now aren’t working. Most of these jobless Americans don’t get counted as “unemployed” – making the unemployment rate a dubious statistic. It’s so obviously unrepresentative of real-world realities that even mainstream financial reporters are catching on.
Silver surged more than 5% on Friday to finish the week in positive territory and rallied another 2% on Monday morning. Gold trimmed its earlier losses. The precious metal with the real price momentum right now, though, is palladium – coming in on a four-week winning streak.
Silver Prices Winding Up for Potential Breakout
The metal with the most momentum in terms of investor interest is silver. Silver bullion demand in the third quarter exploded, with sales of Silver Eagles hitting a record 14.3 million ounces. That number would have been even bigger if the dysfunctional U.S. Mint hadn’t arbitrarily limited supplies of coins going out to dealers. The market for physical silver remains tight, with supplies of most bullion products in short supply and premiums elevated.
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